Craigslist. Unfortunately, not a list of top movie recommendations written by a man named Craig. Instead, a site I recently used to sell off the bulk of my apartment furniture. While I was definitely wary of all that I’d learned from Lifetime’s The Craigslist Killer, I had to sell my furniture ASAP. From my limited experience, here are some tips I’ve learned:
- Pictures Matter This is a no-brainer, but you should really take some good photos of your furniture/whatever you’re selling. That means good lighting, multiple angles and, potentially, brand pictures. iPhone quality is just fine, but make sure you’ve fluffed and chopped all your pillows.
- Copy Matters Writing an honest, adjective-filled advertisement is key. Nobody wants to buy a ‘beige couch.’ But everyone wants a piece of your, ‘beautiful, comfortable beige couch with additional decorative pillows and dark wood accents.’ Also, if there’s a massive stain on the left side, probably don’t describe it as, ‘like new.’
- Friends Matter When you have an interested party, make sure you do not greet them alone. This should be common sense, but it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of making bank.
- Prices Matter Don’t undersell yourself, but you’re probably not going to make a profit. –Unless you refurbished some old furniture you bought at a yard sale for $1.99, Craigslist is not the premier site for luxe goods.
- Salesmanship Matters Be nice! Be happy! Talk about why you sooooo wish you could keep your bureau, but alas, you’re moving. Since the buyers are already there, why not take advantage of that time to show them other items you’re selling?
- Timing Matters Nobody comes after 4p.m. Hard and fast rule.
- Cash Matters You will not accept checks or transfers– only cash. This is the safest way to ensure you don’t get scammed.